In a joint operation on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, two boats, involved in illegal sand extraction in river Chapora , were seized and 14 labourers were detained by the police.
The joint operation was conducted by mines department and captain of ports with the assistance of coastal police, Pernem and Mapusa police. Acting on a reliable information, the raid was conducted at two places on the banks of Chapora river at Tariwaddo in Colvale where a boat was seized with two labourers and the second at Malkhazan in Dhargal where 12 workers were detained.
The raid was conducted under the supervision of assistant geologist Sudhir Mandrekar, along with Sanklap Desai and Shyam Sawant. On Wednesday morning, agitated sand extractors stopped seven Maharashtra-bound trucks laden with sand which had come from Kudal-Maharashtra without proper documents at Colvale.
The locals stopped the trucks and informed Mapusa police. Mapusa police conducted the panchanama and attached the trucks and drivers were arrested including Tukaram Sadvelkar, 37, Jitendra Singh, 28, Ankush Bavalekar, 25, Prakash Rathod, 28, Awadhesh Singh, 30, all residents of Kudal; Anand Ghadi, 40, from Vengurla and Shivputra Jainpur, 48, from Tisk-Ponda. They were arrested under sections 38 and 68(3) of Goa miners and minerals act.
Raising their grievances, the local sand extractors questioned why the sand is allowed to be transported from Maharashtra in Goa that too without any proper documents. Locals also demanded that the ban on sand extraction in the state be revoked. On Wednesday evening, all seven drivers were released on bail against the surety amount of Rs 5,000 each. ASI K Gawas is investigating the matter.